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Head to head: Maxine Carr's privacy
Maxine Carr
Details of Maxine Carr's new life have been kept secret
As Maxine Carr ends her prison sentence for involvement in the Soham murders, the media is expected to challenge a court ban on publishing details about her new life.

The Daily Mirror's Sue Carroll and Independent columnist Deborah Orr explain their differing views on Carr's right to privacy.


Sue Carroll, Daily Mirror

Everybody is interested in Maxine Carr. The whole of the media are interested, so let's not pretend it's just a tabloid story.

People are very disappointed and a bit aggrieved because they feel that she was probably treated fairly leniently.

The public would perceive that she's been treated with kid gloves
Sue Carroll

She didn't serve three-and-a-half years - that was accelerated.

She appeared in Nottingham Crown Court this week on 20 charges of deception and fraud. The judge said it warranted a jail sentence. What she got was a three-year probationary sentence.

I do agree that there is a pick-and-mix law at the moment, it's guess work, you don't know what anybody is going to get for any crime, but the public would perceive that she's been treated with kid gloves. I think that's a fair point, I think she has.

At the moment it is a story that is being pursued because it is a story of national interest.

I don't want to see her face again but at the moment we have an injunction against the press saying anything, except Maxine Carr.

Nobody can invade her privacy, but she can invade her own because the story is that she is able tell her own story in her own words should she choose. I personally don't want to read it.


Debra Orr, columnist for the Independent

The very reason why it [Details of Carr's life] has to be hidden away is because of the media interest.

If people would just accept that Maxine Carr committed a crime, she's now paid the price and now has to get on with her life, half of the anger that people feel would be immediately dissipated.

She is going to suffer forever no matter what other people do
Deborah Orr

I think people feel very angry at the idea that millions is going to be spent on keeping Maxine safe.

All of this wouldn't have to happen if people would just accept that she has spent some time in prison for what she did and now should be allowed to get on with her life.

So, one thing feeds the other.

What has happened to Maxine Carr even before the criminal justice system became involved is absolutely horrific.

She will have to live with that for the rest of her life.

She's young now and her understanding of what she did is going to get deeper and worse as she gets older.

She is going to suffer forever no matter what other people do. I think what has happened to her is appalling.

She's had her life taken away anyway without people running around shouting how she hasn't been punished enough.

What has happened to her in her life is punishment enough.



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